Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Type: Face-to-Face
Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health Sciences and Histology
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Occupational Therapy Assistant program?

Under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist, the OTA uses their knowledge of human growth and development in physical, social, and emotional functioning to carry out programs with clients of all ages. Clients with varying abilities resulting from physical injury or trauma, disease, aging, mental illness, or substance abuse may require Occupational Therapy intervention. Functional goals established jointly with the client are aimed toward individual self-care, entry/reentry into the community, and/or work.

What will I learn?

Knowledge of human growth and development in the areas of physical, social, and emotional functioning to carry out programs with clients of all ages.

What can I do with this course of study?

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Information Sessions Spring 2024

CHP Building, Room 312, 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Face-to-Face (F-2-F) Sessions:







CHP, Room 312

5:30 pm-6:30 pm



CHP, Room 312

5:30 pm-6:30 pm



CHP, Room 312

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Virtual Sessions:







Zoom ID: 941 0980 4973

11:30 am-12:30 pm



Zoom ID: 941 0980 4973

11:30 am-12:30 pm

What's special about the program?

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program prepares the student for entry into a health care/community service profession that uses a variety of activities and modalities to help individuals learn and/or re-learn daily life skills needed in order to function at their most productive and independent level. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).


The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929). ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG.

Program Outcomes


Graduation Year

Students Entering/Graduating

Graduation Rate

2021 22/25 86%
2022 20/20 100%
2023 26/22 85%
TOTAL 68/61 90%


National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 

The national examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 and can be reached at phone: 301-990-7979. Additional information on NBCOT may be obtained at https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance 

Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program Information

Cost of Attendance

Cost of OTA Program


Out of State

Tuition $5,940 $10,320
Activity Fee $186 $216
International & Campus Access Fee $156 $156
Textbooks and Supplies $1,524 $1,524
Special Program Fees $2,800 $2,800
Total Cost of Program (2 years) $10,606 $13,492

Published costs and fees are subject to change. The cost of Textbooks and Supplies is an estimate, a student may find the cost to be more or less.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jacqueline Stevenson, OTD, OTR, Program Director, and Associate Professor

Kathryn Freeman, MOT, OTR, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, and Associate Professor

Edward Gayden, BS, COTA, Student Club Advisor and Assistant Professor  

Professional Organizations and Sites of Interest  

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program maintains close ties with the professional organizations that represent occupational therapy:

American Occupational Therapy Association:  This is a national professional organization that represents nearly 230,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students in the United States and beyond, to advance occupational therapy practice, education, and research.

Texas Occupational Therapy Association:  The Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) is a non-profit professional association incorporated in Texas that was established for the benefit of professionals and students of occupational therapy. The mission of TOTA is to be responsive to the professional development, information needs, and educational requirements of its members; to advance and improve the practice of occupational therapy for the benefit of the consumers; and to anticipate and respond to the organizational, political, economic and social features of the health care delivery system at the local, state and national levels.

Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners:  This is the legal authority on standards of physical therapy practice in Texas.  It acts as a public guardian.  It is also the licensing authority for the state of Texas.

Learn more THECB Statutory Requirements 

OTA Student Handbook SPC Student Handbook

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

Students electing to major in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department. Students must also complete and submit the separate Health Sciences Department Application Form and ALL supporting documents. See the Admission GuidelinesOTA Application Checklist, and OTA volunteer or Employment Verification Form.

Prerequisite Requirements:

Prerequisite courses are:

  • ENGL 1301 Composition
  • BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • MATH Choose one from the math core.

General Education Courses to complete either before starting the program or during the summer break:

  • Select one course from Humanities (40) core OR from Visual and Performing Arts (50) core
  • PSCY 2301 General Psychology

NOTE: All courses must have a grade of C or higher

Courses do not have an expiration date. If Alamo Colleges accepts your course then the program will accept your courses.

Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Completed application packets, including all supporting documents, are accepted by the deadline of March 31. Applications are reviewed during the Spring semester for consideration to begin the OTA program in the following Fall semester.

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Selection Process:

After the March 31st deadline, the Selection Committee will review all complete application packets. Qualified applicants will be notified to attend a meeting with OTA faculty that furthers the selection process. This session will provide more specific information about the program, expectations if accepted into the program, and completion of an interview and writing sample.   

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A completed application includes the following:

  • Completed application packet
  • ATI TEAS score page with a minimum score of 65
  • Official Transcripts for colleges pertaining to the prerequisites courses
  • Complete 20 Volunteer/Observation Hours
  • A one-two page, double-spaced, Calibri 12-point font essay including the following:
    • Describe what becoming an occupational therapy assistant means to you
    • How did the volunteer/observation experience expand your knowledge of Occupational Therapy
    • Describe how you build relationships with classmates and professor 

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment or under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by the College District. H.1.1

Contact Information

Program Director:
Dr. Jacqueline Stevenson, OTD, OTR
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330A
Educational Support Services Certified Advisor:
Doug Gable
MLK Welcome Center (WEC)

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